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Konza Prairie Research Natural Area

McDowell Creek Road, 5 miles northeast of I-70, Junction City, KS 66502
785-587-0441
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I visited the Konza Preserve with a friend hoping to see a vestige of the tall grass prarie that once covered the mid-west, what I got was a trip back in time to pre-European Kansas. We took the Nature trail and did not see another living soul. At times, when looking out from the higher points, it was as if... More

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Amherst, New Hampshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Don't miss this opportunity to see virgin tallgrass prairie. It's hard to believe that this land has never seen a plow or farm. We went in October, when the air was cool, and fall colors were showing. The best part of our visit was the fact that we did not meet anyone on the trails. We walked all 3 trails,... More

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Goessel, ks
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61 reviews 61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I've lived in the area all my live, went to school at K-State even, and never heard of this wonderful hiking area! I took the Kings loop and then the Homestead Trail when I got the homestead. This is a wonderful area and I will definitely be back. Allow plenty of time because it's awe-inspiring to sit at the top... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Regardless of the 2 hour drive, I have come here many times. I always leave feeling renewed and content. The beautiful views, abundant wildlife, and quiet will bring me back as long as I live within a day's drive.

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Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visited with my wife and teenage son while in the area for a college visit at K-State. The hike brochure explains about the flint hills prairie very well. quite and not crowed at all during our mid-morning visit on a weekday.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This trail out on the prairie gives you a great feel for the Flint Hills. You will experience wooded areas and open prairie with an expansive view from the top of some of the hills. Be aware that climbing the hills and coming back down on the pea gravel trails can be a challenge for those in poor health or... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I just spent the weekend at my high school reunion in Manhattan, Kansas, and stopped to savor the wonderful view of our native Flint Hills in the Konza Prairie Research area. These hills are a world treasure of how our prairie ecology used to be before the Europeans invaded and nearly destroyed this land's ecosystem. If you yearn for the... More

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Coventry, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

There was a trail map at the beginning and at the trail junctions. You had options of shorter or longer loops. Very scenic location with well marked trails.

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Clay Center
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

If you want to know why Kansans love the prairie, just go for a hike on the trails! This is a pristine area used for international research. The history of the land is also interesting.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Konza's certainly a research area, and as such, it can be rather empty, but if you know when to go (check out their website) and know what you're looking for, I think it's one of the top attractions in the NE part of Kansas.

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